What oil do I use to lube an old belt sander?

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Forum topic by namrufmot posted 02-19-2016 03:45 AM 1630 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2016 03:45 AM

Just got a sweet Atlas 5010 sander and I got it pretty much restored. Looking at the directions it gives four places to “oil” but does not say how to apply it or what type of oil.

For example, one place is in the unpowered roller for the belt sander. There is a bolt going through the bearing that says “oil” on the bolt head. Do I just put some WD40ish stuff on the bolt head or do I have to disassemble it and get oil inside?

Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 03:50 AM

The manual says to use SAE 20 weight machine oil… but I’m guessing that any good non-detergent machine oil would be fine (like AW32). Look under the “Lubrication” section for instructions.


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#2 posted 02-19-2016 07:45 PM

Check out the manual Brad linked to. It tells you how to oil all those spots. The bolt head that says “oil” is to be removed and that’s your oil port from what I read.

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 07:51 PM

WD40 is NOT an oil. Many are predisposed to use it as such.
Get a 20 or 30 wt. non detergent OIL.


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#4 posted 02-19-2016 08:32 PM

Yup thanks I’m an idiot and missed that part in the manual. :(

I knew WD40 isnt an oil but wasn’t sure if that would sufffice as a lube….

thanks men!

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 08:41 PM

Another thing to remember is many of these older tools don’t have seals to contain the oil you put in them, often only a piece of felt to act as a reservoir if anything at all. If you over oil it, there’s a good chance of that oil getting somewhere it shouldn’t, like on your project. BTW, that is a cool sander, any pics?

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